Cinemas adapt in changing times
A report in the Toronto Star, ‘Beyond blockbusters’ shines some light on how some theater owners in Canada are going ‘Darwin’ on their industry.
The article points out that “Movie theatre owners are very resourceful folk and they reinvent themselves every 10 to 15 years. This has been going on since the movie palaces of the 1930s,” and goes so far as to suggest “The future of movie theatres, in fact, seems to have less and less to do with movies as new technology allows cinemas to telecast everything from hockey, wrestling, opera and HBO comedy specials to hosting children’s birthday parties, church services and interactive video games.”
On a personal aside, I’ve always loved the idea of being able to watch my favorite tv show on the big screen. Let’s face it; if shows like ‘The Sopranos’ really are as good as the stuff that Hollywood markets, why wouldn’t you want to see them on the ‘big screen’? And imagine how much more ‘movie-ish’ the Academy Awards would be if you could watch them in a cinema amongst other film fans?